Galaxy IV - Bridging the Centuries: A New Era for Extension
September 16 - 20, 2013
Submitted by Kathy Brandt, NEAFCS-MN Voting Delegate and Scholarship Recipient
Thank you for the opportunity to represent NEAFCS-MN at our national gathering held in conjunction with Galaxy IV - Bridging the Centuries: A New Era for Extension. The "Galaxy" Conference provides a unique opportunity to come together in a joint conference while celebrating the diversity of the individual organizations. Every five years the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) sponsors and provides leadership for a Galaxy Conference for the entire Extension System. This conference invites participation from all JCEP organizations, ECOP and other partners critical to the Extension mission.
Attending Galaxy for the first time and attending NEAFCS as a voting delegate for the first time provided new opportunities for me to learn and grow as President-elect. As I participated in the NEAFCS Central Region Business Meeting and the NEAFCS Annual Business Meeting, I learned more about the structure and purpose of our national association, the details that it takes to keep moving forward, and how we can become more involved. Our individual involvement on the state level is vital to the health and well-being of our national association; from spending time investigating the re-designed website to applying for awards to serving on a national committee. Consider what you can do to become more involved.
Highlights of the conference include the introduction of our NEAFCS-MN National Award Winners: Sara Croymans-Distinguished Service; Lori Hendrickson-Continued Excellence; Mary Caskey, Suzanne Driessen, Trina Barno, Marla Reicks-School Wellness; and Suzanne Driessen-Internet Education Technology AND the installation of Kathy Olson as the NEAFCS President! What a huge honor for all of us to have Kathy leading our professional organization for 2013-14! We are extremely proud of her!
We had a wonderful day at Thompsen's Greenhouse in St. Joseph on Sept. 10, 2013 for the NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Professional Development Day. One piece of the program was presentation of state awards. Here are some photos of award winners from the day:
We will be coming together at our annual meeting in Duluth in October and on our agenda will be election of two new officers. Kathy Brandt will be moving to President, Jennifer Garbow will move to Past-President, Connie Burns will serve as secretary for the second year of her term. Kay Lovett will finish her two year term as Treasurer.
We will be electing our new President-Elect and Treasurer (two year term). Meet our candidates!
Lori Hendrickson - Pres-Elect Candidate
Hello NEAFCS-MN members and friends,
My name is Lori Hendrickson and I am an Extension Educator & Extension Professor for the University of Minnesota Extension. I am sharing this biography with you to get to know me a bit, as a candidate for President-Elect of NEAFCS-MN.
I have worked as an Extension Educator in Family Resource Management (or other such titles) since 1988. Prior to that, I taught high school home economics in Pipestone, MN and Orr, MN. My work with the University of Minnesota Extension has been varied and began with a position in Itasca County Extension, with later transitions to the Grand Rapids Regional Office. My work over the years has included basic personal financial management, youth and money topics, housing, and financial recovery in disaster.
I hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with emphasis in Special Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Home Economics Education, both from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I am an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and am certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. I have been a member of AAFCS/MAFCS for over 25 years and a member of NEAFCS for about 24 years.
During my years as a member of NEAFCS-MN I have been involved as an area representative in northern Minnesota and as a committee member and chair of a variety of committees. I have participated in the wonderful experience of PILD and have taken part in a number of national conferences. I have often thought about when the "right time" would be to take a leadership role. As I looked at my commitments over the next several years and current grant projects wrapping up, I thought there wouldn't be a "better time" than now to take that leap. So, I am placing my name in nomination for NEAFCS-MN President-Elect.
When I am not working, my husband John and I enjoy traveling, looking for treasures at antique stores and cheering on our UMD Bulldogs throughout the football and hockey seasons. We have recently welcomed a kitten to our family and are having fun getting to know her.
Mary Caskey - Treasurer Candidate
Greetings fellow NEAFCS-MN Members!
As a candidate for Treasurer for our state association, I would like to share a little of my NEAFCS and Extension background. I have been an Extension Educator in Health & Nutrition for the past 14 years with the University. I have worked in the field of nutrition for over 30 years in a variety of programs targeting low-income audiences such as Head Start, WIC and the SNAP-Ed program. My work as an Extension Educator has also focused on providing trainings to school foodservice staff to increase their nutrition knowledge base and to improve the nutritional quality of school meals served to Minnesota students.
I have been a member of NEAFCS-MN since 2005 and held these offices: President-elect, President and Past President during the years 2009-2012. I have also served as co-chair of the Awards/Membership committee. My attention to details, organizational skills and knowledge of our organization would serve me well as your state treasurer. I have attended 4 national NEAFCS conferences with plans to attend the Galaxy conference in Pittsburgh this September. I believe it's important to support and be an active member of our state association.
Personally, my husband, Doug and I live in central MN, just west of St. Cloud. We are very fortunate that our 2 daughters/husbands live within easy driving distance of our home so we can spoil our 4 grandchildren. As you can imagine, our life currently revolves around spending time with these 4 amazing little people - what a joy to see life through their eyes. We are going through a second childhood spending our free time ATV riding, snowmobiling and canoeing.
Following is information for candidates that are running for office. The first paragraph is from Kathy Olson, who is running for national NEAFCS President- Elect. Minnesota is extremely proud of Kathy and wish her the very best as she runs for this important office!
The next two bios are for NEAFCS-MN Affiliate positions of President-Elect (Kathy Brandt) and Secretary (Connie Burns). Elections will be held at our Annual Meeting in October in Bloomington.
NEAFCS provides an amazing network of professional colleagues and friends that one can develop through involvement with this incredible organization. My Extension career has provided me with leadership and professional development opportunities where I can serve our membership in a leadership role. I have attended 21 Annual Sessions in addition to other state and national conferences, holding numerous leadership positions. I have served on the Board as Co-liaison, Secretary and Vice President for Professional Development and have gained considerable knowledge and experience, and have a good handle on all aspects of the Association. I enjoy meeting Extension educators from all over the country, learning more about their work and building relationships and networking. We have an outstanding group of professionals serving on the Board and I would be honored to continue to be part of the team. I am committed to continuing the advancement of the well-being of the organization and to create and support new and exciting initiatives for NEAFCS and its members. I would be honored and humbled to fill such an important role for the association.
Candidate for President-Elect
Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator, Food Safety
Greetings NEAFCS-MN Members!
During my career I've had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions, in and out of Extension. Included in the opportunities are teaching public school in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences in Crookston and Worthington; being a W.I.C. coordinator and nutrition educator with Cottonwood-Jackson Public Health; managing the Home Service Marketing test kitchen for the Schwan Food Company; and positions with NDSU Extension and U of M Extension in Cottonwood County, Nobles County, and currently as a regional educator based in Marshall. All totaled, I've had about 20 years with Extension. During those years I've served on many committees for our association but haven't said yes to a leadership position. You might be thinking "it's about time" and that's what I thought too! It's an honor to be asked to run for president-elect and I'm looking forward to working with all of you to keep good things going.
On a personal note - I've been married to Brian for 33 years; we have two sons, Erik and Chris; and one wonderful grandson, Aiden. These guys are the lights of my life! We keep busy with competitive BBQ, community and SMSU involvement, family and friends.
Dear Members and Friends of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate,
My name is Connie Burns, and I'm the Extension Educator in Health and Nutrition for the West Central (Morris) Region.
I am writing to express my interest in becoming Secretary for the 2012-14 term.
All organizations work best when communication is accurate and timely, and I feel that I can provide this in the role of Secretary. I have worked in the secretarial position before for other organizations, and feel I have the knowledge and background to help our organization move forward.
I've been with Extension for five years and have especially enjoyed the variety of work that is involved with the position. We are making great strides 'out on the prairie' with families and communities in need!
Before coming to Extension, I worked as a Registered Dietitian in hospitals, nursing homes and the WIC Program. I have taught basic nutrition courses at the community college level, both face to face and online. I have a special interest in staff development and facilitative teaching methods, and have designed online courses for our Community Nutrition Educators across the state.
I live north of Alexandria with Fred, who is retired from over 30 years with USDA/NRCS (Natural Resources). He consults now with Ducks Unlimited. I'm currently half-way through the Masters of Education Program through UM-Duluth, so that keeps me busy. If I'm not working on a class, you'll find me hiking or biking in the local state park (Lake Carlos) with a camera in hand. I've taught yoga for years, and continue to offer classes when I have time.
Thank you for considering me for the Secretary position with NEAFCS-MN!
Connie Burns, MS/RD
In April, I had the privilege attending the PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) Conference in Alexandria, VA. I represented NEAFCS-MN Affiliate, and others attending were Eleanor Burkett, John Bennett, Jerry Tesmer, Jill Grams, Dave Nicolai. Sarah Greening and Gwen Gmeinder helped to lead the Minnesota delegation. We had the opportunity to meet with Dean Durgan while there as well as having dinner together as a group one evening.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I felt it was a worthwhile experience and would encourage anyone to attend that has the opportunity. Two of the days were spend in workshops and presentations with the experience culminating in a day on the Hill. We had the opportunity to meet with Senator Franken and legislative aids for Senator Klobuchar and state representatives.
Senator Franken offers breakfast each Wednesday to Minnesota constituents, so we had the pleasure of tasting Mahnomin Porridge. I thought it was great so I thought I'd share the recipe here for those who want to give it a try (great source of fiber :)):
4 cups cooked wild rice
1/2 cup roasted, cracked hazelnuts
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup heavy whipping cream
In a heavy nonstick saucepan, add cooked wild rice, hazelnuts, blueberries, cranberries, and maple syrup and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. Add heavy cream and heat through, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately. Serves 4.
4-H 'opened the world' for women in the 1930s
Thanks to member Kim Asche for sending this "Great story about home economist... FCS and times of the past. Reminded me of our heritage."
For three local women--Verna Mikesh, Evelyn Kern Dose and Gertrude Esteros, now in their 90s--4-H changed the course of their lives. Read the story:
I am writing this letter to you to express my interest in becoming President Elect for the term of 2011-2012. I joined Extension three years ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about how our mission and work within Extension positively impacts Minnesota families and the communities in which they live.
The past two years I have served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network, a fantastic organization and a truly rewarding experience for me, both professionally as well as personally. Also, my family and I volunteer monthly at the Red Lake Homeless Shelter, preparing a dinner for the residents and staff. I it is important for me to contribute my time and talents in professional organizations, and engage in my community. For this reason, I am very interested to learn more about our NEAFCS organization, and I am also interested in thinking about new ways in which Minnesota can contribute to national efforts within the larger organization.
A few personal tidbits about me, I have four children, the two oldest boys are entering their sophomore and junior years, and both are three sport athletes and love to run! My daughter will be nine this month and enjoys acting and singing; she participated in a summer theater production last month in Bemidji and was fantastic. And then there is my little guy-George. George will be two in November is the absolute joy of my life. My husband and I enjoy riding motorcycle, seeing our state on back of a bike gives me a great appreciation for just how beautiful our state is.
Thank you for considering me for the President-Elect position. I look forward to becoming more active in our association and learning more about my colleagues across Extension.
NEAFCSS MN Affiliate Ad Hoc Committee Addressing Membership Issues
Recommendations to the Board
January 31, 2011
Ad Hoc Committee Members: Suzanne Driessen, Jill May & Sara Croymans
Recommendations to NEAFCS MN Affiliate Board:
1. Adopt National's by-law definition of an active member "An Extension employee working in any capacity with family and consumer sciences or home economics programming, who has a minimum of a bachelor's degree, who belong to his/her state/territory affiliate of Extension Educations, upon payment of dues, may become an active member of NEACS" to allow for increased membership in Minnesota, to include eligible Program Coordinators, Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs), Community Program Assistants, etc.
a. This would require a Minnesota Affiliate by-law change, Article III, Section 2 to remove 'professional appointment'
2. Investigate "partner" and "student" membership categories as utilized by National. With student membership, consider an additional Minnesota membership fee, separate from National dues.
3. In light of the national increase in dues over the next three years, and considering that this year's increase was absorbed at the state level, recommend that we:
a. Allocate a portion of the NEAFCS MN Affiliate endowment funds annually to supplement dues.
b. Increase registration fee for our NEAFCS MN Affiliate Professional Development opportunities to generate extra funds to be allocated to supplement membership dues.
These two actions would result in a reduction of dues that individuals would need to pay to help offset current dues and dues increases, support continuation of membership as well as encourage new members to join.
4. Contact past retirees to inform them of the MN Life Member option and the benefits available to them.
5. Develop a plan to actively recruit eligible non-members to join, including but not limited to, making it more visible to potential members that there is a reduced member fee for the first year, availability of a brochure or recruitment tool, and professional advantages as it applies to scholarship.
6. Develop a strategic plan to inform administration of NEAFCS' scholarly importance worthy of support by the U of M Extension Center for Family Development, allowing funds to be used for membership dues and professional development funds to be used to attend the NEAFCS Annual Session. Examples could include emphasis on the impressive national objectives, the scholarly strength of the association, opportunity for visibility of the U of M Extension Center for Family Development at the national level, and support in strengthening the emphasis of the U of MN Extension as an employer of choice.
As a result of receiving a share of the fundraising income for hosting the 2007 NEAFCS Annual Session in St. Paul, MN, the NEAFCS-MN Affiliate established the Professional Activity Fund as a Quasi-Endowment within the University of Minnesota Foundation. (A copy of the MOA accompanies this policy statement.) In order to preserve the principal of the original Fund, only the available balance will be used annually. Annual use of the available balance will be at the discretion of the NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Board for a Professional Development program(s) and/or resource(s) that reach a majority of the MN Affiliate membership.
Policy Recommendation Committee Members: